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Vietnam: Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An & Saigon

Vietnam was made for bicycling! Traveling from Hanoi in the north to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in the south, you’ll probe the hidden chambers of an imperial city in Hue, explore Hanoi and Hoi An on guided tours, and roll past duck farms, oyster-fishing villages, palm forests, and rice paddies on easy cycling routes. Along the way, you’ll meet modern villagers practicing a traditional way of life and enjoy exclusive events such as a cooking class, visits to a local market and a rice-paper workshop, and a meeting with a wartime foe who is now a friend of VBT. It’s an in-depth experience that touches all the senses as only a bicycling tour from VBT can provide.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore Hanoi on two guided tours and a cyclo (rickshaw) ride.
  • Attend a performance that’s unique to Vietnamese culture: a water puppet show.
  • Delve into Vietnam’s ancient history on a guided tour of the Imperial City and the Forbidden Purple City of Hue.
  • Admire shifting landscapes of fish and duck farms, rice paddies, palm forest, mountains, and coastline on scenic cycling routes.
  • Savor the local cuisine—including a hands-on class at a cooking school.

What to Expect

This tour offers easy terrain throughout the trip and is suitable for beginning cyclists and ideal for regular recreational cyclists. Roads are carefully selected but in general are not of the same standard as in Europe or the U.S. Road surfaces can be a mix of pavement and packed soil. Potholes are not uncommon, and defined lanes are not a given. A mix of vehicles, animals, and pop-up enterprises can be found along urban roadways.

  • Daily Mileage: 6 - 37|
  • Biking: 1 - 4 hr|
Activity Easy Easy
Cycling
Bar Graph Beginner - Experienced
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Average High /
Low Temperature (°F):

Jan66º/58º

Feb67º/60º

Mar72º/65º

Oct82º/73º

Nov76º/66º

Dec71º/60º

Average
Precipitation:

Jan0.7 in

Feb1.1 in

Mar1.5 in

Oct3.9 in

Nov1.7 in

Dec0.8 in

Air Package

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One night in Hanoi in a conveniently located hotel with daily breakfast and 2 nights in flight Check
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23 meals: 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners Check Check
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Biking Packages Include:

Custom VBT Bike and Helmet

Two Local, Bilingual Trip Leaders

Vehicle Support

Luggage Transfers

Ride with GPS and Daily Route Notes

Welcome Reception

Facilitated Cultural Experiences

Your Choice of VBT Branded Gear for Your Adventure

Itinerary

Mon, Oct 17 to Sat, Oct 29 - 2022

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All you have to do is get to the airport. On our Air Packages, we’ll take care of the rest, handling all the logistics, so you can travel with peace of mind. Spend your first night aloft and arrive refreshed for an unforgettable trip.

Start off your first day in Hanoi right by having a VBT representative greet you at the airport. A complimentary car service will whisk you to your hotel. From your centrally located hotel, you are perfectly positioned to explore this charming city at your leisure.

Accommodation: Melia Hanoi Hotel, Hanoi

After an included breakfast, the morning is free to do as you please.

At 2:00 p.m., all guests meet in the lobby, where you will meet your trip leaders for an eye-opening walk through the Old Quarter. The shops in the Old Quarter sell everything from therapeutic herbs and prayer flags to shoes and hardware, as you’ll see.

The last stop is the Tang Long Theater, where you watch a mesmerizing water puppet performance. Then, return to your hotel to relax and rest before meeting with your VBT trip leaders, who provide a briefing of the week ahead. Enjoy a welcome reception, and dine with the group at the hotel.

Accommodation: Melia Hanoi, Hanoi
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Sleep in today or join an early-morning walk to Hoan Kiem Lake to experience the city as it shakes off its slumber. You may see locals practicing tai chi by the lake, families out for a stroll, and street vendors setting out their wares. Return to the hotel for breakfast.

Later this morning, rejoin your trip leaders for a guided excursion that includes visits to the exterior of Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, and the Temple of Literature. Visit the oldest Buddhist temple in Hanoi, Tran Quoc Pagoda, located on an island east of the West Lake District. Face a sobering reminder of the impact of war and catch a glimpse into what life was like at the notorious Hanoi Hilton during a visit to the site of the H?a Lò Prison, where American POWs were kept, and the current-day museum occupying its former gatehouse.

Linger over lunch at a local restaurant before picking up the pace with a cyclo (rickshaw) ride through the French quarter. The ride ends at the hotel, where there is time for a rest or a swim.

Tonight, you’ll dine at a local restaurant.

Today’s Ride Choice
Non-biking Day: Explore Hanoi

Accommodation: Melia Hanoi, Hanoi
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, travel to the airport for your flight to Hue. From 1802 to 1945, this was Vietnam’s Imperial City; it boasts a vast citadel and the tombs of its emperors. On arrival in Hue, travel to the Imperial Citadel, situated along the Perfume River. Your walking tour here takes you inside this walled fortress: within the citadel, just past Hien Nhan Gate, lie the Imperial City and the Forbidden Purple City. You’ll enjoy a walking tour of this massive enclosure.

After you check into your Hue hotel, enjoy lunch on your own in the resort’s fine restaurant or a light lunch by the pool. At 2:30 p.m., attend a safety and bike-fitting session with your trip leaders. Then, participate in a warm-up ride that includes a visit to the Mausoleum of Khai Dinh. At dinner, feast on local specialties in the hotel’s dining room.

Please note: In order to operate this trip, VBT keeps two fleets of bikes in the country, one in central Vietnam and another in southern Vietnam. Your trip leaders will ensure that both bikes are tuned to your liking.

Today’s Ride Choice

Afternoon: Hue Warm-up — 20 km (12 miles)

What to Expect: Hue is an ideal place to ride, with quiet roads and beautiful countryside. Starting from the resort, you’ll pedal through rolling hills to the nearby Emperor Khai Dinh’s tomb, arguably the most spectacular of all the Nguyen Dynasty emperors. You will have a chance to enter this tomb and to pass by many other tombs throughout the ride today. The roads are mainly paved, but there may be some stretches of unpaved road. This ride is designed to help you adjust to cycling on Vietnamese roads. Please note that a rain jacket may be required during the wet season.

Cumulative Distance Range: 20 km (12 miles)
Accommodation: Pilgrimage Village, Hue
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, shuttle from the hotel to your ride’s starting point, then cycle along the banks of the Perfume River, where you may see dragon boats, sampans, and traditional houseboats with their rooftop shrines. You pedal on quiet country roads through villages to Thien Mu Pagoda.

Enjoy an included lunch while cruising along the Perfume River (30-45 minutes), then continue cycling southeast of the city, through rice fields and past duck and fish farms. In the village of Cau Ngoi Thanh Toan, look for a small covered bridge. Built over two centuries ago, it has weathered many storms, floods, and wars, and it has been the soul of the Thanh Toan villagers for generations. While in the village, stop at the market for a truly authentic local experience.

You’ll return by bike to the resort in plenty of time to enjoy a luxurious treatment, a swim in the spectacular pool, or a nap before dinner.

Tonight, you get another view of the city’s splendid past. Your dinner venue is a garden restaurant comprising five authentic 19th- and early-20th-century Hue houses.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Hue to Thien Mu Pagoda — 22 km (14 miles) | Hue to Thien Mu Pagoda and return to Hue — 40 km (25 miles)

What to Expect: This morning’s ride follows back roads in the countryside close to the Perfume River, viewing farming villages with vegetable gardens and rice paddies. As you head toward the center of Hue, traffic will become busier. The most impressive site you’ll pass is Thien Mu pagoda, where you will finish the ride and embark your Perfume River cruise.
This afternoon, you will cycle farther away from the city center, past fish and duck farms. Ride across the old Japanese bridge, dating back several centuries, before passing by a small war memorial. You’ll know you’re in the home stretch when you glimpse the Nhu Y River. This route is mainly on paved roads.

Cumulative Distance Range: 22 — 62 km (14 – 39 miles)
Accommodation: Pilgrimage Village, Hue
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The coastline between Hue and Hoi An is one of the most spectacular stretches of landscape in the country. It is here that the mountain range running through central Vietnam reaches down toward the South China Sea, affording stunning views of pristine coast on one side and towering mountains on the other. The Lang Co peninsula and the nearby Hai Van (Ocean Cloud) Pass form a natural border between the city of Da Nang and Thua Thien Hue province. If the weather allows, excellent views can be taken in from the top of the pass all the way to Hoi An.

Starting from the outskirts of Hue, pedal through local communities where you see small children being driven to school on the backs of motorbikes and older children cycling along next to you.

Pause for lunch in the village of Lang Co. Then, travel up the Hai Van Pass (Pass of the Ocean Clouds), stopping at the top to take photos of the breathtaking views of both sides of the 1,600-foot (487.7-meter) mountain ridge. Those who like a challenge may choose to climb the pass by bike. Those who prefer more leisurely riding may cycle along Tam Giang Lagoon for a close-up look at an oyster-fishing community and the water buffalo common to the area before shuttling to the top of Hai Van Pass instead.

Arrive in Hoi An by van and check into your hotel on Hoi An Beach. Dinner is at your resort this evening.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Hue to Hoi An — 33 km (20 miles)
Afternoon: Hai Van Pass — 47 km (29 miles) OR Lagoon Loop Ride — 47.2 km (29 miles)

What to Expect: The base ride starts from the outskirts of Hue and pedals through local communities. The route will have some undulating hills and will cross a series of bridges covering small rivers flowing down from the mountains before finishing near Tam Giang Lagoon.

Those who like a challenge may climb the Hai Van pass (Pass of the Ocean Clouds) by bike on this afternoon’s option.

For those who prefer a more leisurely ride, try the L?p An lagoon ride, where you’ll see picturesque scenery with white clouds floating on high mountain ranges and oyster farms lining the route. Enjoy lots of opportunities to stop for a spectacular photo along the way.

Cumulative Distance Range: 33 — 80 km (20 – 49 miles)
Accommodation: Boutique Hoi An Resort, Hoi An
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning’s cycling route crosses the Thu Bon River, passing many fishing boats and small houses. As you bike, stop to observe family temples and Areca-nut gardens. You continue cycling through a water-coconut palm forest and past fish farms, mat weavers, and any number of examples of local livelihood. You’ll stop at a shady and scenic point along the way to enjoy a picnic lunch.

There is a second ride option in the countryside after lunch, or you may shuttle back to the seaside resort for some well-deserved rest and relaxation.

Later, take part in a walking tour of Hoi An’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. What makes Hoi An remarkable today is that its Old Town has been beautifully preserved, the streets still lined with old tile-roofed shop houses, shady pagodas, and colorful communal halls. Discover the local market, Tan Ky House, Japanese Bridge, and a Chinese temple.

Tonight, you are free to enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many open-air restaurants on Bach Dang, the waterfront road in Hoi An.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Hoi An to the Coast — 31 km (18 miles)
Afternoon: Hoi An Countryside — 47 km (28 miles)

What to Expect: Hoi An is surrounded by attractive countryside where you can observe the traditional way of life of farmers and fishermen. This morning’s ride winds its way through small rural villages alongside the Thu Bon River before reaching the coast. You’ll return inland, through rice paddies and farming villages before returning to your resort.

In the afternoon, if you wish, you can continue to explore the picturesque Hoi An countryside, where you will be able to observe daily life, fishing villages, and Cam Thanh Coconut Village.

Cumulative Distance Range: 31 — 78 km (18 – 46 miles)
Accommodation: Boutique Hoi An Resort, Hoi An
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Board your bike and head into Hoi An, where you’ll meet up with the chef at Hai Café for a brief introduction and a welcome drink. Then, meander through Hoi An’s central market with your chef to enjoy the sights, sounds, and aromas. This is your chance to learn how to select fresh produce and ingredients essential for Vietnamese cuisine. Embark on a 20-minute boat trip to the school. Get your camera ready, as the cruise offers glimpses of local river life. You visit the school’s herb garden before enjoying a join-in, hands-on cooking class. Then, sit down in the lovely restaurant overlooking the river to enjoy what you have created.

Today’s Ride Choice

Morning: Red Bridge Cooking School — 10 km (6 miles)

What to Expect: From your beachside resort, enjoy a leisurely morning spin past farm fields and over waterways. The final stretch is along the Thu Bon River and leads you to Hoi An’s Old Town, where your cooking class experience begins.

Cumulative Distance Range: 10 km (6 miles)
Accommodation: Boutique Hoi An Resort, Hoi An
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy breakfast and a leisurely start to the day at your resort. In the late morning, travel to Da Nang and the airport for your flight to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Upon arrival, drive to the centrally located Hotel Majestic, a comfortable home base for exploring Vietnam’s liveliest city. The rest of the day and evening are yours to explore at your leisure.

Today’s Ride Choice
Non-biking Day: Fly to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and explore this lively city.

Accommodation: Hotel Majestic, Ho Chi Minh City
Included Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, shuttle (about one hour) north of Ho Chi Minh City to Cu Chi, the site of the infamous military tunnels. You arrive by bicycle and talk with a local Vietcong before visiting the passageways themselves. The Cu Chi tunnels are a 75-mile-long (120.7km-long) underground maze where the Vietcong quite literally dug themselves out of harm’s way. You will also explore a rice-paper workshop before getting down and dirty in the tunnels.

After your visit, you continue to cycle to Ben Duoc for an included lunch, after which the van shuttles you back to the hotel.

Try another of the city’s wonderful restaurants on your own tonight.

Today’s Ride Choice

Morning: Cu Chi to Ben Duoc — 32 km (19 miles)

What to Expect: The Cu Chi landscape is famous for its clay-like soil, rubber plantations, and rice paddies. Your ride will take you away from the main roads and into the quieter agricultural regions.

Cumulative Distance Range: 32 km (19 miles)
Accommodation: Hotel Majestic, Ho Chi Minh City
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, shuttle (about one hour) to the town of Tan An in the Mekong Delta area. Then, start cycling through the lush land, rich with orange, papaya, grapefruit, and mango trees. As you ride, note motorists resourcefully transporting pigs and coconuts on their mopeds. Your ride today ends when you stop for lunch in My Tho City.

In the afternoon, travel back to Ho Chi Minh City (about two hours). This evening, visit the former home of a U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam and meet the current owners during a special farewell dinner.

Today’s Ride Choice

Morning: Mekong Delta — 38 km (23 miles)

What to Expect: This scenic ride will take you through local villages, rice farms, and fruit orchards on a mixture of small dirt roads and busier paved roads as you draw closer to Highway 1. You will also be greeted by many friendly and curious locals en route, often traveling on bikes themselves and shouting “Xin chao,” or “Hello,” as they pass by.

Cumulative Distance Range: 38 km (23 miles)
Accommodation: Hotel Majestic, Ho Chi Minh City
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a last breakfast overlooking the river this morning. Today is a free, unstructured day with time for last-minute shopping, a spa visit, or more exploring (depending on the timing of your flights home). Your trip leaders are available to assist you with plans, and a hospitality room has been organized for those with later flights to have a place to wash and change.

After your included breakfast the rest of your day is at your leisure. Meet in the hotel lobby three hours prior to your flight departure (subject to change, depending on your required check-in time at the airport) for transportation (about 30 minutes) to the Ho Chi Minh City airport for your flight home. Flights may depart in the morning or late evening, and typically arrive in the U.S. the following day.

Accommodation: Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort, Siem Reap
Included Meals: Breakfast

Journey through Vietnam

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Wed, Oct 19 to Sat, Oct 29 - 2022

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Please plan to arrive at your Hanoi hotel by 2:00 p.m. If you are unable to arrive before 2:00 p.m., please contact VBT during regular business hours (Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) at 800.245.3868 to inform us of your arrival time, or contact the hotel on the day the tour begins to let them know when you will arrive. The hotel will pass the message on to your trip leaders.

At 2:00 p.m., all guests meet in the lobby, where you will meet your trip leaders for an eye-opening walk through the Old Quarter. The shops in the Old Quarter sell everything from therapeutic herbs and prayer flags to shoes and hardware, as you’ll see.

The last stop is the Tang Long Theater, where you watch a mesmerizing water puppet performance. Then, return to your hotel to relax and rest before meeting with your VBT trip leaders, who provide a briefing of the week ahead. Enjoy a welcome reception, and dine with the group at the hotel.

Accommodation: Melia Hanoi, Hanoi
Included Meals: Dinner

Sleep in today or join an early-morning walk to Hoan Kiem Lake to experience the city as it shakes off its slumber. You may see locals practicing tai chi by the lake, families out for a stroll, and street vendors setting out their wares. Return to the hotel for breakfast.

Later this morning, rejoin your trip leaders for a guided excursion that includes visits to the exterior of Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, and the Temple of Literature. Visit the oldest Buddhist temple in Hanoi, Tran Quoc Pagoda, located on an island east of the West Lake District. Face a sobering reminder of the impact of war and catch a glimpse into what life was like at the notorious Hanoi Hilton during a visit to the site of the H?a Lò Prison, where American POWs were kept, and the current-day museum occupying its former gatehouse.

Linger over lunch at a local restaurant before picking up the pace with a cyclo (rickshaw) ride through the French quarter. The ride ends at the hotel, where there is time for a rest or a swim.

Tonight, you’ll dine at a local restaurant.

Today’s Ride Choice
Non-biking Day: Explore Hanoi

Accommodation: Melia Hanoi, Hanoi
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, travel to the airport for your flight to Hue. From 1802 to 1945, this was Vietnam’s Imperial City; it boasts a vast citadel and the tombs of its emperors. On arrival in Hue, travel to the Imperial Citadel, situated along the Perfume River. Your walking tour here takes you inside this walled fortress: within the citadel, just past Hien Nhan Gate, lie the Imperial City and the Forbidden Purple City. You’ll enjoy a walking tour of this massive enclosure.

After you check into your Hue hotel, enjoy lunch on your own in the resort’s fine restaurant or a light lunch by the pool. At 2:30 p.m., attend a safety and bike-fitting session with your trip leaders. Then, participate in a warm-up ride that includes a visit to the Mausoleum of Khai Dinh. At dinner, feast on local specialties in the hotel’s dining room.

Please note: In order to operate this trip, VBT keeps two fleets of bikes in the country, one in central Vietnam and another in southern Vietnam. Your trip leaders will ensure that both bikes are tuned to your liking.

Today’s Ride Choice

Afternoon: Hue Warm-up — 20 km (12 miles)

What to Expect: Hue is an ideal place to ride, with quiet roads and beautiful countryside. Starting from the resort, you’ll pedal through rolling hills to the nearby Emperor Khai Dinh’s tomb, arguably the most spectacular of all the Nguyen Dynasty emperors. You will have a chance to enter this tomb and to pass by many other tombs throughout the ride today. The roads are mainly paved, but there may be some stretches of unpaved road. This ride is designed to help you adjust to cycling on Vietnamese roads. Please note that a rain jacket may be required during the wet season.

Cumulative Distance Range: 20 km (12 miles)
Accommodation: Pilgrimage Village, Hue
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, shuttle from the hotel to your ride’s starting point, then cycle along the banks of the Perfume River, where you may see dragon boats, sampans, and traditional houseboats with their rooftop shrines. You pedal on quiet country roads through villages to Thien Mu Pagoda.

Enjoy an included lunch while cruising along the Perfume River (30-45 minutes), then continue cycling southeast of the city, through rice fields and past duck and fish farms. In the village of Cau Ngoi Thanh Toan, look for a small covered bridge. Built over two centuries ago, it has weathered many storms, floods, and wars, and it has been the soul of the Thanh Toan villagers for generations. While in the village, stop at the market for a truly authentic local experience.

You’ll return by bike to the resort in plenty of time to enjoy a luxurious treatment, a swim in the spectacular pool, or a nap before dinner.

Tonight, you get another view of the city’s splendid past. Your dinner venue is a garden restaurant comprising five authentic 19th- and early-20th-century Hue houses.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Hue to Thien Mu Pagoda — 22 km (14 miles) | Hue to Thien Mu Pagoda and return to Hue — 40 km (25 miles)

What to Expect: This morning’s ride follows back roads in the countryside close to the Perfume River, viewing farming villages with vegetable gardens and rice paddies. As you head toward the center of Hue, traffic will become busier. The most impressive site you’ll pass is Thien Mu pagoda, where you will finish the ride and embark your Perfume River cruise.
This afternoon, you will cycle farther away from the city center, past fish and duck farms. Ride across the old Japanese bridge, dating back several centuries, before passing by a small war memorial. You’ll know you’re in the home stretch when you glimpse the Nhu Y River. This route is mainly on paved roads.

Cumulative Distance Range: 22 — 62 km (14 – 39 miles)
Accommodation: Pilgrimage Village, Hue
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The coastline between Hue and Hoi An is one of the most spectacular stretches of landscape in the country. It is here that the mountain range running through central Vietnam reaches down toward the South China Sea, affording stunning views of pristine coast on one side and towering mountains on the other. The Lang Co peninsula and the nearby Hai Van (Ocean Cloud) Pass form a natural border between the city of Da Nang and Thua Thien Hue province. If the weather allows, excellent views can be taken in from the top of the pass all the way to Hoi An.

Starting from the outskirts of Hue, pedal through local communities where you see small children being driven to school on the backs of motorbikes and older children cycling along next to you.

Pause for lunch in the village of Lang Co. Then, travel up the Hai Van Pass (Pass of the Ocean Clouds), stopping at the top to take photos of the breathtaking views of both sides of the 1,600-foot (487.7-meter) mountain ridge. Those who like a challenge may choose to climb the pass by bike. Those who prefer more leisurely riding may cycle along Tam Giang Lagoon for a close-up look at an oyster-fishing community and the water buffalo common to the area before shuttling to the top of Hai Van Pass instead.

Arrive in Hoi An by van and check into your hotel on Hoi An Beach. Dinner is at your resort this evening.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Hue to Hoi An — 33 km (20 miles)
Afternoon: Hai Van Pass — 47 km (29 miles) OR Lagoon Loop Ride — 47.2 km (29 miles)

What to Expect: The base ride starts from the outskirts of Hue and pedals through local communities. The route will have some undulating hills and will cross a series of bridges covering small rivers flowing down from the mountains before finishing near Tam Giang Lagoon.

Those who like a challenge may climb the Hai Van pass (Pass of the Ocean Clouds) by bike on this afternoon’s option.

For those who prefer a more leisurely ride, try the L?p An lagoon ride, where you’ll see picturesque scenery with white clouds floating on high mountain ranges and oyster farms lining the route. Enjoy lots of opportunities to stop for a spectacular photo along the way.

Cumulative Distance Range: 33 — 80 km (20 – 49 miles)
Accommodation: Boutique Hoi An Resort, Hoi An
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning’s cycling route crosses the Thu Bon River, passing many fishing boats and small houses. As you bike, stop to observe family temples and Areca-nut gardens. You continue cycling through a water-coconut palm forest and past fish farms, mat weavers, and any number of examples of local livelihood. You’ll stop at a shady and scenic point along the way to enjoy a picnic lunch.

There is a second ride option in the countryside after lunch, or you may shuttle back to the seaside resort for some well-deserved rest and relaxation.

Later, take part in a walking tour of Hoi An’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. What makes Hoi An remarkable today is that its Old Town has been beautifully preserved, the streets still lined with old tile-roofed shop houses, shady pagodas, and colorful communal halls. Discover the local market, Tan Ky House, Japanese Bridge, and a Chinese temple.

Tonight, you are free to enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many open-air restaurants on Bach Dang, the waterfront road in Hoi An.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Hoi An to the Coast — 31 km (18 miles)
Afternoon: Hoi An Countryside — 47 km (28 miles)

What to Expect: Hoi An is surrounded by attractive countryside where you can observe the traditional way of life of farmers and fishermen. This morning’s ride winds its way through small rural villages alongside the Thu Bon River before reaching the coast. You’ll return inland, through rice paddies and farming villages before returning to your resort.

In the afternoon, if you wish, you can continue to explore the picturesque Hoi An countryside, where you will be able to observe daily life, fishing villages, and Cam Thanh Coconut Village.

Cumulative Distance Range: 31 — 78 km (18 – 46 miles)
Accommodation: Boutique Hoi An Resort, Hoi An
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Board your bike and head into Hoi An, where you’ll meet up with the chef at Hai Café for a brief introduction and a welcome drink. Then, meander through Hoi An’s central market with your chef to enjoy the sights, sounds, and aromas. This is your chance to learn how to select fresh produce and ingredients essential for Vietnamese cuisine. Embark on a 20-minute boat trip to the school. Get your camera ready, as the cruise offers glimpses of local river life. You visit the school’s herb garden before enjoying a join-in, hands-on cooking class. Then, sit down in the lovely restaurant overlooking the river to enjoy what you have created.

Today’s Ride Choice

Morning: Red Bridge Cooking School — 10 km (6 miles)

What to Expect: From your beachside resort, enjoy a leisurely morning spin past farm fields and over waterways. The final stretch is along the Thu Bon River and leads you to Hoi An’s Old Town, where your cooking class experience begins.

Cumulative Distance Range: 10 km (6 miles)
Accommodation: Boutique Hoi An Resort, Hoi An
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy breakfast and a leisurely start to the day at your resort. In the late morning, travel to Da Nang and the airport for your flight to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Upon arrival, drive to the centrally located Hotel Majestic, a comfortable home base for exploring Vietnam’s liveliest city. The rest of the day and evening are yours to explore at your leisure.

Today’s Ride Choice
Non-biking Day: Fly to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and explore this lively city.

Accommodation: Hotel Majestic, Ho Chi Minh City
Included Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, shuttle (about one hour) north of Ho Chi Minh City to Cu Chi, the site of the infamous military tunnels. You arrive by bicycle and talk with a local Vietcong before visiting the passageways themselves. The Cu Chi tunnels are a 75-mile-long (120.7km-long) underground maze where the Vietcong quite literally dug themselves out of harm’s way. You will also explore a rice-paper workshop before getting down and dirty in the tunnels.

After your visit, you continue to cycle to Ben Duoc for an included lunch, after which the van shuttles you back to the hotel.

Try another of the city’s wonderful restaurants on your own tonight.

Today’s Ride Choice

Morning: Cu Chi to Ben Duoc — 32 km (19 miles)

What to Expect: The Cu Chi landscape is famous for its clay-like soil, rubber plantations, and rice paddies. Your ride will take you away from the main roads and into the quieter agricultural regions.

Cumulative Distance Range: 32 km (19 miles)
Accommodation: Hotel Majestic, Ho Chi Minh City
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, shuttle (about one hour) to the town of Tan An in the Mekong Delta area. Then, start cycling through the lush land, rich with orange, papaya, grapefruit, and mango trees. As you ride, note motorists resourcefully transporting pigs and coconuts on their mopeds. Your ride today ends when you stop for lunch in My Tho City.

In the afternoon, travel back to Ho Chi Minh City (about two hours). This evening, visit the former home of a U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam and meet the current owners during a special farewell dinner.

Today’s Ride Choice

Morning: Mekong Delta — 38 km (23 miles)

What to Expect: This scenic ride will take you through local villages, rice farms, and fruit orchards on a mixture of small dirt roads and busier paved roads as you draw closer to Highway 1. You will also be greeted by many friendly and curious locals en route, often traveling on bikes themselves and shouting “Xin chao,” or “Hello,” as they pass by.

Cumulative Distance Range: 38 km (23 miles)
Accommodation: Hotel Majestic, Ho Chi Minh City
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a last breakfast overlooking the river this morning. Today is a free, unstructured day with time for last-minute shopping, a spa visit, or more exploring (depending on the timing of your flights home). Your trip leaders are available to assist you with plans, and a hospitality room has been organized for those with later flights to have a place to wash and change.

Your trip ends after an included breakfast at our Ho Chi Minh City hotel. You are responsible for your own transportation to the Ho Chi Minh City airport for your flight home. You can book a taxi (approximately $6-$9 USD, depending on traffic) directly from the hotel. Please confirm the fare with your driver in advance to ensure the most direct route to the airport (about 30 minutes, 7.5 miles).

Accommodation: Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort, Siem Reap
Included Meals: Breakfast

Journey through Vietnam

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2022 Pre-Trip Extension - Bangkok

3 Nights From $595 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $295

  • 3 nights at The Sukhothai Bangkok
  • Flight from Bangkok to Hanoi
  • Flight from Hanoi to Bangkok
  • Airport car service on arrival
  • Daily breakfast
  • City information

All you have to do is get to the airport. On our Air Packages, we’ll take care of the rest, handling all the logistics, so you can travel with peace of mind. Spend your first night aloft and arrive refreshed for an unforgettable trip.

Start off your first day in Bangkok right by having a VBT representative greet you at the airport. A complimentary car service will whisk you to your hotel. From your centrally located hotel, you are perfectly positioned to explore this charming city at your leisure.

Accommodation: The Sukhothai Bangkok, Bangkok

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to explore on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Accommodation: The Sukhothai Bangkok, Bangkok
Included Meals: Breakfast

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to explore on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Accommodation: The Sukhothai Bangkok, Bangkok
Included Meals: Breakfast

After another morning at leisure in Bangkok, pre-arranged transportation will collect you from your hotel and deliver you to the airport for your flight to Hanoi.

Upon arrival in Hanoi, claim your luggage and clear customs. Your VBT representative will be holding a VBT sign and will help you travel to your Hanoi hotel. Once you settle in, you’ll have time to explore and enjoy lunch and dinner on your own using VBT’s city information as your guide.

Accommodation: Melia Hanoi Hotel, Hanoi
Included Meals: Breakfast

Airplane

Air Package Only

2022

2022 Post-Trip Extension - Siem Reap, Cambodia

3 Nights From $1045 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $295

  • 3 nights at the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort in Siem Reap
  • Flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Riep
  • Flight from Siem Riep to Ho Chi Minh City
  • Entrance and guided visits to Phnom Bakheng, Angkor Thom, Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, and Ban Teay Srei
  • Airport car service for arrival and departure
  • Daily breakfast
  • City information

Enjoy a last breakfast overlooking the river this morning. Today is a free, unstructured day with time for last-minute shopping, a spa visit, or more exploring (depending on the timing of your flights home). Your trip leaders are available to assist you with plans, and a hospitality room has been organized for those with later flights to have a place to wash and change.

After your included breakfast this morning, meet in the hotel lobby three hours prior to your flight departure (subject to change, depending on your required check-in time at the airport) for your transportation (about 30 minutes) to the Ho Chi Minh City airport. Upon arrival in Siem Reap, claim your luggage and clear customs. Then, meet your VBT representative, who will be holding a VBT sign. They will help you travel (about 20 minutes) to your Siem Reap hotel. VBT provides you with city information that includes recommendations on what to see and do during your stay.

Accommodation: Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort, Siem Reap
Included Meals: Breakfast

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to continue exploring on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Accommodation: Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort, Siem Reap
Included Meals: Breakfast

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to continue exploring on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Accommodation: Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort, Siem Reap
Included Meals: Breakfast

After an included breakfast, enjoy a final morning of free time to explore Siem Reap. Meet in the hotel lobby three hours prior to your flight departure for complimentary transportation to the Siem Reap airport for your departing flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Reviews

Guest Reviews 104 out of 109 (95%) of reviewers recommend this tour

4.8 out of 5 stars.

Dates & Prices

Air Package

13 days, includes round-trip international airfare , airport shuttle, and additional hotel nights with included breakfast.

Single Supplement: From $895

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